Argentina: Messi…a star that makes him the GOAT?


Winner Sunday of the last major trophy missing from his huge list, Lionel Messi has entered a little more into the history of football. The debate will probably never be closed, but some now consider him to be the great player in the history of this sport.

If he hadn’t won the 2022 World Cup final on penalties on Sunday in Qatar against the France team (3-3, 4 pens to 2), the seven-time Ballon d’Or would still have had many detractors, forever reminding him that he couldn’t match some footballing legends without winning the ultimate trophy for a footballer. From now on, the arguments of his opponents will be more difficult to hear…

Luck finally smiles on him!

After four World Cups ended in tears, including one in the final against Germany (0-1 ap) in 2014 in Brazil, Lionel Messi ended up realizing his childhood dream. Luck this time smiled on the Albiceleste star to the chagrin of the France team, beaten despite heroic resistance. Led 2-0 then 3-2 in this final, the Blues came back to score each time thanks to a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappé but the penalty shootout lottery did not want to smile on the defending champions.

An end of career for history

This prestigious trophy is added to an impressive list of titles won throughout his career. These last two years have been crucial for Messi, winner of the Copa America in 2021 in Brazil and then of this World Cup on December 18, 2022 in Qatar. This will have allowed him to build an international record, essential to enter definitively into the pantheon of football. In addition to a victory at the Olympic Games, the Argentinian striker has above all built a legendary record with FC Barcelona with four Champions Leagues, 3 Club World Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 11 championships (10 in La Liga, 1 in Ligue 1), 7 National Cups and 9 National Super Cups. Of course, we must add to this the seven Ballons d’Or won during his career. Hats off to the artist…

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